Retro Sharkbait Village: The Screaming Woman

Published April 29, 2016 by biggayhorrorfan

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The leather lesbian nuns who raised me buried many a thing in that veiny backyard, behind our dungeon, as I grew up. But, I tell you every single one of those priests (and unrepentant Republican house speakers) truly deserved it!

The poor lady that Olivia de Havilland’s regal yet extremely frazzled Laura Wynant discovers submerged in the dirt in 1972’s The Screaming Woman definitely isn’t worthy of her fate, though. Left for dead by her cheating husband, this beleaguered lass has just hours to live and only the discredited Wynant can save her.SW1

As luck would (or wouldn’t) have it, the fragile Wynant has just recovered from a nervous breakdown and no one, including her loving son and a couple of kindly, longtime friends, believe her when she claims that she’s heard a woman moaning in the soil. A frantic race through the neighborhood uncovers only more derision and, in one of the telefilm’s tensest scenes, the arthritic Wynant even finds herself in the home of the very agitated wanna-be killer. Of course, Wynant’s venomous daughter-in-law Caroline, played with smooth iciness by Laraine Stephens, is pleased as punch about her mother-in-law’s apparent delusions as asylum doors slam and dollar signs dance, merrily, in her head.

SW2But Wynant, played with moxie and bravado by de Havilland, is nobody’s fool as Caroline and the killer, played with patriarchal sleaziness by genre stalwart Ed Nelson (Night of the Blood Beast, The Brain Eaters, A Bucket of Blood), soon discover. De Havilland’s anguished shriek (spoiler alert!) upon eventually rescuing the woman helped provide ‘70s television viewers with a potent shock and emphasizes the fact that this Oscar winning pro was an actress, through and through, no matter the circumstances or the part. In fact, The Screaming Woman’s prime pleasure is in watching de Havilland, passionately, submitting herself to the various indignities and insults that Wynant endures throughout this brisk exercise.

Interestingly, this effective Ray Bradbury tale was remade in 1986 with a 10 year old Drew Barrymore replacing de Havilland as the doubted party.

Until the next time – SWEET love and pink GRUE, Big Gay Horror Fan!

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Music to Make Horror Movies By: Frankenstein’s Daughter

Published April 24, 2016 by biggayhorrorfan

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Sometimes when you need to be taken into hand, it doesn’t matter who is doing it. Heck…even a Daddy Bird would do in a pinch!

Of course, as Page Cavanaugh and his Trio warned us in 1958 drive-in horror Frankenstein’s Daughter, a daddy bird is bound to fly away.

So….until next time, when perhaps beggars can be choosers…

SWEET love and pink GRUE, Big Gay Horror Fan!

 

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Hell of a Gal: The Vampires Night Orgy

Published April 23, 2016 by biggayhorrorfan

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(Hell of a Gal explores the films of the ever luscious Euro Vixen Helga Liné.)

If anyone knows the importance of a well timed entrance, it’s our glorious Helga Liné!

Liné’s mysterious Countess doesn’t show up in 1974’s The Vampires Night Orgy until almost 32 minutes into the film. But she quickly makes up for lost time by seducing a sensitive poet-type and then, vampirically, feeding on him…before throwing him down to a throng of her devoted followers for further ravaging. Talk about stealing the show!

Helga VN 2Another ludicrously fun slab of cheap Euro horror, TVNO concentrates, mainly, on a group working class travelers who wind up in the Countess’ fog soaked village after their bus driver, quite rudely, dies at the wheel. Offered the run of the town by the mayor, they soon discover the price of such hospitality is their lives. Of course, the swinging lovers of the group, played by Franco regular Jack Taylor and Naschy favorite Dyanik Zurakowska, escape, but returning with the authorities, soon discover that the charming death trap has, simply, disappeared into the mists.

Unfortunately, Liné is mostly invisible here, as well. After her initial appearance, she shows up a couple of more times to feast on some of the other (less desirable) visitors, but this is definitely Taylor and Zurakowska’s show. TVNO is still highly enjoyable foreign trash, but Liné’s relative absence from the proceedings is widely felt by those looking to add a bit of auburn comfort to their afternoons.

So, until the next time, throw that copy of The Loreley’s Grasp into your DVD player…

…and SWEET love and pink GRUE, Big Gay Horror Fan!

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Review: Slay Belles

Published April 16, 2016 by biggayhorrorfan

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I would gladly attend a viewing party hosted by WI filmmaker Joe Trione, but any other kind of festivity… well…I would just have to, respectfully, decline. For Trione’s latest micro-budget epic Slay Belles, a ridiculously fun ‘80s slasher homage, takes place at a Christmas celebration…and almost no one comes out of it breathing!

Utilizing a script by James Wirth and a bevy of his drag performer friends, Trione shows his obvious love for the horror genre, old Joan Crawford melodramas, highlighted by Dear Ruthie’s fabulous appearance as a society mother, and queer nightlife culture here. Plot wise, as expected, a masked killer has escaped and everyone at Janelle’s (a delightfully buoyant Jaymes Mansfield) annual holiday charity event soon finds themselves in all sorts of bloody disarray. As the bodies pile up and those blatant red herrings begin to play strip poker, it is up to the heroine of the piece, played with sassy resolve by Dora Diamond, to get to the bottom of the mass slayings.

Quick paced, unabashedly revenant in its outrageousness and even filled with some tattooed eye candy in the form of Dylan Cherek’s festive decorator, this jolly enterprise will be making its debut on May 7th in Milwaukee, WI – https://www.facebook.com/events/1074214285934853/. The film will also be shown at Milwaukee Pridefest:  http://pridefest.com/2016/04/10/stonewall-screening-of-slay-belles-june-11/.

So, until the next time, hum a little holiday tune…and SWEET love and pink GRUE, Big Gay Horror Fan!

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In Appreciation of Sharon Stone

Published April 15, 2016 by biggayhorrorfan

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Horror fans will always remember her as the luminously supportive Lana Marcus whose encounter with a spider was one of the most memorable parts of Wes Craven’s Deadly Blessing, one wild ride of a horror film. (For those who have not seen this combination of slasher, sexually ambiguous surprise and demonic Mennonite-style horror – get to watching!) But more importantly, the multi-faceted Sharon Stone has always been a warrior for the gay community, raising countless funds for AIDS organizations and being a much visible beacon of support for years now.

Thus, it was not surprising that Stone has recently halted plans to film a project in Mississippi, one of several states that have recently activated religious freedom laws that cause grievous discrimination to the GLBT community. Granted, threatened boycotts by artistic entities hastened the reversal of such a law in Georgia, recently, and performers like Bruce Springsteen and Ringo Starr have cancelled events in North Carolina, another hotbed for queer hatred.

But, roles in such projects as Scissors, Calendar Girl Murders, Sphere, Total Recall, Catwoman (and so many other delicious thriller and science fiction cult classics) along with her vibrant activist history truly make Stone one of our own and worthy of special praise and generous thanks!

So…Thank you, Ms. Stone!!! I guess an araneae in the mouth equals grand compassion!

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Music to Make Horror Movies By: Killer Fish/Amii Stewart

Published April 11, 2016 by biggayhorrorfan

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1979’s Killer Fish was part heist flick, part disaster epic and part nature gone wild horror flick. Perhaps fortunately, The Winner Takes it All, the film’s end credit theme song, performed by the glorious Amii Stewart, is all disco, though.

 

 

Stewart, best known for her outrageous costumes (as witnessed above) and a popular (late ’70s) cover of ‘60s hit Knock on Wood, has also released an album featuring composer Ennio Morricone’s best known songs, which should further endear her to Euro exploitation buffs.killer fish

The gloriously bad Killer Fish, meanwhile, was recently released on Blu-Ray by ITV Studios and Scorpion Releasing after years of VHS obscurity.

Until the next time – SWEET love and pink GRUE, Big Gay Horror Fan!

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Kassie DePaiva: Evil Dead II Favorite Scores Emmy Nomination!

Published April 8, 2016 by biggayhorrorfan
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DaPaiva delivered on a recent Castle episode, as well!

 

What could be better than a hurtling eyeball in the mouth? Well, probably not much. But Kassie DePaiva, whose spunky Bobby Joe in the seminal Evil Dead II suffered such a fate, has just been nominated for a Daytime Emmy for her work as the tragedy strewn Eve on Days of Our Lives. I imagine that honor has to rank pretty high up there, as well!

Indeed, DePaiva, whose other terror credits include 2013’s We Are What We Are, imbued all her storylines from her year and a half run on the show with an honest emotionality and sharp sense of the dramatic. Thus, this industry recognized honor is much deserved.

Nicely, the gorgeous True O’Brien, whom played Eve’s sensitive daughter Paige, was also nominated for her work, as well, in the Younger Actress category. Indeed, the fallout from the reveal of Eve’s affair with Paige’s boyfriend during the spring of 2015 was some of the best entertainment that the 50 year old soap had offered in awhile and kept ardent viewers glued to their television screens.

 

This year’s Daytime Emmy’s will occur on Sunday, May 1st. Here’s hoping that DePaiva and O’Brien take home the gold!

Be sure to check out http://www.kassiedepaiva.com and https://www.facebook.com/kassie.depaiva, as well.

Until the next time – SWEET love and pink GRUE, Big Gay Horror Fan!

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